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Lexi Thompson leaves passport in her bag leading to delay at Women’s British Open for almost 40 players

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Almost forty players missed out on a practice round on Monday at this week’s Women’s British Open, after an unintentional error from Lexi Thompson.

According to Golf Channel, Ian Wright, who caddied for Seve Ballesteros during his career, was driving the van carrying 38 bags from last week’s Evian Championship in France to Woburn Golf Club outside London for this week’s major championship.

However, during this journey, Wright received a call and was told that Thompson had left her passport in her bag, which was in his van. Needing to fly out of Geneva, the former-caddie was instructed to pull over and wait while her caddie, Benji Thompson, grabbed a taxi to retrieve the passport.

The hold-up resulted in lengthy delays for both Wright and Thompson, as well as a frustrating wait for almost 40 players who were unable to play a practice round on Monday.

For Wright, the three-hour delay caused him to miss his ferry, and he then found himself stuck in rush hour traffic, while a British Airway’s strike led Thompson to fail to get to the course on Monday as she had planned.

An “exhausted” Wright was finally relieved when the ordeal came to an end, while Thompson’s agent, Bobby Kreusler. stated on the incident that

“Forgetting her passport, that was an honest mistake. And she had no idea retrieving it would cause the delay it did, or that it would impact other players the way it did. She would never have wanted that.”

Not everyone who suffered due to the mix-up was in a forgiving mood, however, with Ryann O’Toole criticizing the driver for accommodating Thompson and disrupting a third of the field’s preparation for this week.

“I don’t know why the driver would agree to accommodate one person knowing it would punish about a third of the field. The driver should have said, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get these clubs to Woburn. If you want the passport, somebody’s going to have to fly there to get it and bring it back.’”

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Freds Funk

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Its Lexi’s world, we’re all just borrowing her air. Maybe she should recharge her mental batteries, again.

  2. Hybrid

    Jul 31, 2019 at 9:23 am

    It’s a very stupid idea to haul all of those bags together. Accidents, theft, etc can affect all of the golfers, too. I see why they decided to send all of those bags in one truck, but there have been better ideas. I suspect that golfers will, in the future haul there own stuff.

  3. Speedy

    Jul 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    What a crisis. Shank.

  4. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I believe that Lexi should consider withdrawing from this tournament. I mean she cost 37 other players a practice round.
    That van should never have been stopped someone could have easily retrieved her passport when it got there and had it sent on to her she was the only one who deserved to miss her practice-round which she did anyways.
    Causing 37 other players to miss a day of practice I just think that is such a catastrophic mistake on her part that she should just pull out of the tournament.

    • Distance Compression Dude

      Jul 31, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Cool your shorts, princess. An honest mistake does not warrant a withdrawal.

    • bulls9999

      Jul 31, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I see the driver made the dumb decision to wait for someone to arrive (2 hrs) and then it took 1+ hr to find the bag? Did they not make an attempt to pull the bags, find Lexi’s and pull the passport, maybe leave it at a local office in town (police station)? and then continue on their way. Seems like some people don’t know how to proceed in a crisis situation.

  5. Bob

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Her first international flight. Maybe the babysitter was asleep. Nothing is ever her fault. The definition of entitlement.

  6. A. Commoner

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Dumb is as dumb does.

  7. rjvanro

    Jul 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    He should have driven to London. Lexi could have sent a plane/helicopter to pick up the passport … she has the cash. How amazingly selfish. She should withdraw as part of her apology. How has she not yet grown up? my goodness …. says she can’t deal with criticism and had a near breakdown … yet still a social media addict. Sad.

  8. tony

    Jul 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    the whole doings is a joke in the first place, get a real job people

  9. MhtLion

    Jul 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Easier to say now than being in those shoes. Anyway, if the driver had left Lexi’s bag or the passport at a certain place – a gas station or some store – and paid a little money to safeguard it until Lexi’s staff could retrieve it. That would been a very wise action.

  10. James

    Jul 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

    What’s wrong with getting to the destination first, then bringing the passport back to Lexi so only she has to suffer her own negligence? Unbelievable.

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2021 PGA Championship: Full Viewer’s Guide

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The second major of the year is upon us, with a host of players with ambitions of hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy come Sunday evening.

Collin Morikawa is the defending champion of the event, and ahead of his title defence at Kiawah Island, here’s a rundown of all the coverage you can tune in for come Tuesday afternoon.

How to watch the 2021 PGA Championship

Tuesday

Noon-3 p.m: Tuesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Wednesday

Noon-3.p.m: Wednesday at the PGA Championship (ESPN+)

Thursday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: First-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: First-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Friday

 7a.m.-1 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN+)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Second-round coverage (ESPN)

7 a.m.- 7 p.m: Second-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Saturday

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

Sunday 

8 a.m.-10 a.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN+)

10 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round coverage (ESPN)

1 p.m.-7 p.m: Third-round coverage (CBS)

8 a.m.-1 p.m: Third-round featured groups and featured holes (ESPN+)

As for what you can expect from the weather this week, per Weather.com (As of Monday May 17), conditions look set fair for the week.

 

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2021 PGA Championship odds: Jordan Spieth 14/1 to land Grand Slam

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It’s PGA Championship week, and the biggest names in golf are gunning for the Wanamaker Trophy, with Rory McIlroy leading the betting to win again at Kiawah Island.

The Irishman heads the market at 12/1 with a host of big names priced second at 14/1, including Jordan Spieth, who is hoping this is the week he lands the career grand slam.

Check out the full list of 2021 PGA Championship odds (as of May 17) courtesy of BetOnline.ag.

Rory McIlroy 12/1

Bryson DeChambeau 14/1

Jon Rahm 14/1

Jordan Spieth 14/1

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Dustin Johnson 16/1

Xander Schauffele 22/1

Viktor Hovland 25/1

Collin Morikawa 30/1

Daniel Berger 33/1

Sam Burns 33/1

Hideki Matsuyama 35/1

Patrick Reed 35/1

Brooks Koepka 40/1

Cameron Smith 40/1

Patrick Cantlay 40/1

Tony Finau 40/1

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Scottie Scheffler 45/1

Abraham Ancer 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 50/1

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Will Zalatoris 55/1

Paul Casey 60/1

Sungjae Im 60/1

Tyrrell Hatton 60/1

Joaquin Niemann 66/1

Marc Leishman 66/1

Corey Conners 70/1

Tommy Fleetwood 70/1

Justin Rose 75/1

Louis Oosthuizen 75/1

Jason Day 80/1

Shane Lowry 80/1

Lee Westwood 90/1

Adam Scott 100/1

Brian Harman 100/1

Bubba Watson 100/1

Garrick Higgo 100/1

Gary Woodland 100/1

Keegan Bradley 100/1

Matt Wallace 100/1

Max Homa 100/1

Harris English 110/1

Si Woo Kim 110/1

Billy Horschel 125/1

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Jason Kokrak 125/1

Matt Kuchar 125/1

Robert MacIntyre 125/1

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Cameron Champ 150/1

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Matt Jones 150/1

Rickie Fowler 150/1

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Alex Noren 200/1

Bernd Wiesberger 200/1

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Francesco Molinari 200/1

Henrik Stenson 200/1

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John Catlin 200/1

Kevin Na 200/1

Martin Kaymer 200/1

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Thomas Pieters 200/1

Tom Hoge 200/1

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Brendon Todd 250/1

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Harold Varner III 250/1

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Talor Gooch 250/1

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Byeong Hun An 300/1

Chez Reavie 300/1

George Coetzee 300/1

Jason Dufner 300/1

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Rasmus Hojgaard 300/1

Steve Stricker 300/1

Thomas Detry 300/1

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Brandon Stone 350/1

Byeong-Hun An 350/1

Hudson Swafford 350/1

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Rich Beem 1000/1

 

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Golfer reacts to shooting 59 with WILD celebration 

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Joining the 59 club is a dream for a lot of golfers, and it’s a dream that came to fruition last Friday for 27-year-old teaching pro Michael Caan.

Caan was competing at Meadow Gardens Golf Club in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, and was torching the course before heading to the 18th hole needing an eagle for the elusive 59.

With a 40-foot putt left for eagle, Caan’s chances weren’t looking so good, but his friends still decided to capture the effort on their camera phones – and boy, are we glad they did!

Check out the putt and the epic celebration below.

 

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“A lot of people have been asking to see the scorecard (2nd picture), so there you go! Just want to take this opportunity to really thank all the people who have reached out with the kind words of encouragement and congratulations! You all made a really special moment even better! I appreciate all of you.” – Michael Caan

A quick look at his scorecard shows that Caan birdied every par 3 on the course and made five birdies and two eagles over his final 10 holes. Phenomenal. 

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